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Old 08-28-18, 10:04 AM
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New -- REI Randoneer

Is this worth $600?

Seller claims it is "brand new in the box."
Seller claim it cost $1000 brand new.
Seller claim 54cm. (I'm 5'7") Does REI report seat-tube sizes in c-c or c-t ?

Looks like quill type stem and brifters.


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Old 08-28-18, 10:15 AM
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What do you guys think? $600 for a brand new name-brand touring bike...is this a steal of a deal?
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Old 08-28-18, 10:50 AM
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It's a solid bike, but that's an old model. It was probably "$1000 new", but at REI discount time it might have been $800.

Ok deal, not a steal.
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I wouldnt buy it for $600 as its many many generations old and for only $100 more you could get something that is legitimately NIB with a modern drivetrain and quality wheels.
https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...ing-bike-nb-tr

But you arent going to buy a touring bike so this is all moot.
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Old 08-28-18, 11:08 AM
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Bumped after only 11 min. has got to be a record.
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Ask the owner what year that is,it is not a newer model. The box should have info label.
It might be NIB,but it is old stock.I would not pay $600.
REI replaced the Novara Randoneer with the CO-OP brand the last few years.

Some REI stores still have last years models on clearance.
ADV 1.1 and ADV 3.1.
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kinda 'spensive for someting that old.
looks like a triple, black inner ring, 7spd rear.
when did shimano drop 5-arm cranks?
way back with 27" rims?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Shimano-RSX...d/253819875899


on ebay..
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Novara-Tour...e/263903865935
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Old 08-28-18, 12:48 PM
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I'm prefer a bike with quill stem. Because I like to jack my handlebar way high. Quill is naturally better to accomplish that.

I think I'm going to make an offer that is lot less than 600.

Originally Posted by mstateglfr View Post
I wouldnt buy it for $600 as its many many generations old and for only $100 more you could get something that is legitimately NIB with a modern drivetrain and quality wheels.
https://www.bikenashbar.com/cycling/...ing-bike-nb-tr
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kinda 'spensive for someting that old.
looks like a triple, black inner ring, 7spd rear.
when did shimano drop 5-arm cranks?
way back with 27" rims?

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Old 08-28-18, 01:16 PM
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Dunno how old exactly it is, but maybe try the CV Valuation thread.

In short tho, no I wouldn't buy it, unless I had a burning desire for that exact bike.
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Old 08-28-18, 01:22 PM
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I'd pass. For $600 you can get a new Windsor Tourist from BD. I've never bought from BD, so I can't comment on their service, but those who have bought the Tourist have said good things about them.
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That has to be at least 20 years old. Although perhaps never ridden, it’s old tech, and not worth much. It’s a used bike in great condition, so $200.
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I'd keep looking. I got a 5-year old Cannondale T2 for $600. While not new in the box, it looked like it was new right out of the box. It had been ridden for 3 months, and then put in storage until I picked it up. It was the last of the "handbuilt in the USA; and the last year Cannondale made good touring bikes.
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Originally Posted by jeffpoulin View Post
I'd pass. For $600 you can get a new Windsor Tourist from BD. I've never bought from BD, so I can't comment on their service, but those who have bought the Tourist have said good things about them.
BD service is stellar. I've bought two fatbikes and a 29er from them. ALL three came to my door within a couple days.

FWIW, I'd ditch the notion of NIB for now, if that's all you are impressed with. Wait for a better bike at a better deal. That Novara should be priced at $350-$400 imho.
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Old 09-06-18, 05:04 AM
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I think that Novara was their late 90's aluminum model. Look at the frame closely, especially the shaped downtube.
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It could be an AL frame. I have a 1996 steel frame, same RSX mech, same crank, but it has a threadless headset. And the same cussed brakes--I've rode that bike for 21 years and always hated those brakes. I got it in early 1997, on sale at the store for $300, list price $700 (for the steel frame).

I'd certainly look for a later generation brake system. The RSX components have worked well through the decades.

It does look like the right size for 5'-7" rider.
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Originally Posted by Lazyass View Post
I think that Novara was their late 90's aluminum model. Look at the frame closely, especially the shaped downtube.
I doubt it's aluminum...look at the seat stays and chainstays...they are too skinny to be aluminum. The head tube is also too skinny.
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FWIW, I'd ditch the notion of NIB for now, if that's all you are impressed with. Wait for a better bike at a better deal. That Novara should be priced at $350-$400 imho.
I'm keeping a close eye on this ad...When the seller drop the price...I will pounce on it.
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I doubt it's aluminum...look at the seat stays and chainstays...they are too skinny to be aluminum. The head tube is also too skinny.
This looks like the exact same frame, which the owner says is aluminum.

https://bikeindex.org/bikes/45368

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actual touring?

Does REI report seat-tube sizes in c-c or c-t ?
Call the nearest REI store, bike department, and Ask. (?)

For convenience Getting places to tour , that involves Flying there , (Or back)

Consider a Bike Friday NWT.. going to be expensive, due to US cost of manufacturing, here.

but you get a bike sized ,perfectly , and equipped with your favorite pick of components..

[I like IGH] they also have a Gates belt option..

so, Alfine 11 disc is one choice..




...

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If itís steel and has a freewheel, not a cassette, there are a million other old steel bikes on CL for a lot cheaper. My vote is that itís worth about $250 If the speculations of it being aluminum are correct and it has a cassette. That said, I think you could do better on craigslist for $250 or a little more. ...Assuming you donít live in a large city.
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BS or Bad

Are.there other photos? Any specs? I doubt its brand new in the box. Probably a garage queen.

i estimate that bike to be 5+ years old. Lots of maintenance issues if its not been serviced and sat in a cold garage.
Originally Posted by mtb_addict View Post
Is this worth $600?

Seller claims it is "brand new in the box."
Seller cl
aim it cost $1000 brand new.
Seller claim 54cm. (I'm 5'7") Does REI report seat-tube sizes in c-c or c-t ?

Looks like quill type stem and brifters.
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no tat is the only photo.
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No specs?

And no other detail or specs?

weird ad?

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no tat is the only photo.
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I do not think that's a good deal at all. You can get something much more modern for $100-$200 more from Windsor, Fuji, even REI on sale.
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And no other detail or specs?

weird ad?
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I do not think that's a good deal at all.
Looks like Seller just drop the price from 600 to 400. (Maybe Seller is watching this forum) It's over an hour away.
Not sure if it's worth the drive.

Why would a 20 year old bike still be NIB...too wierd!

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